Women often take their own health for granted, because they are busy taking care of everyone else. But in 2021, it is imperative that they prioritise their well-being, especially since the pandemic is still on. Middle-aged women, particularly, have to decide to take care of themselves this year, and Dr Prathima Reddy, senior obstetrician and gynaecologist at Fortis La Femme Hospital, Bangalore, shares some tips.
Health issues commonly seen in middle-aged women, between the ages of 45 and 60 years:
* Diabetes and hypertension
What they can do for their health
* Eat a healthy diet: According to the WHO, a healthy diet for adults should contain fruits, vegetables, legumes (lentils and beans), nuts and whole grains (unprocessed maize, millet, oats, wheat and brown rice). Unsaturated fats (found in fish, avocado, nuts, sunflower, canola and olive oil) are preferable to saturated fats (found in meat, butter, palm and coconut oil, cream cheese, ghee and lard). Industrial trans fats (found in processed food, fast food, snack food, fried food, frozen pizza, cookies, margarines and spreads) are not healthy and should be avoided. Less than 5 g of salt (equivalent to about one teaspoon) per day should be used and the salt should be iodized.
* Exercise regularly: Maintaining a healthy weight (check your BMI) will help cut down your risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis, risk of fractures, and possibly reduce the risk of certain cancers, too, like that of breast colon, etc.…